A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Water Feature

A couple weeks ago we went to the local garden center to spend our “Lurvey Loot”. For every $10 spent at Lurvey’s Garden Center between April and June, you receive $1 in “Lurvey Loot”, which can be used for up to 50% off your purchase between July and September. We had $116 in Lurvey Loot to spend, mainly because of the Arbs and Dogs, the aluminum landscape edging and other patio necessities we bought this spring.

Our major landscaping expenses are over, so we won’t be earning much “Loot” in the future. Even though we have pretty much planted all we’re going to plant this year (except for some seed that I’ve already purchased), it seemed like a good deal. I was mainly interested in seeing what they might have in decorative objects for the garden.2008072204.jpg

We had always talked about buying a water fountain or even constructing one ourselves, but we weren’t in a hurry to get one. However, with the Lurvey Loot discount — something that would soon be expiring — and knowing that we’d probably never get around to making a fountain ourselves, we decided to take the plunge.

There were a couple of good options. One was a short fountain that had a very Prairie/Mission feel to it, but we decided that something with more height would be better for our yard. We went with this Giant Iron Bubbling Urn and placed it in front of our garage.2008072201.jpg

They had several of these on display, but had one still in its crate, so that’s the one we took. This thing was H-E-A-V-Y. Made in Vietnam, the fountain was packed with the left over material from gym shoes. I guess it’s good that they’re recycling their waste, but I hate that it’s ending up in our landfills.

I think it may look better in front of the trellis with the Clematis growing behind it, but that thing isn’t going anywhere for a while. For now it looks good breaking up the expanse of taupe garage siding.

The color is a deep red brown, which complements our brick bungalow perfectly, and the sound is really very soothing.


  1. southsideandy on July 23, 2008 at 12:59 am

    I got $4 in Lurvey Loot.

    And I thought I was rich… 🙂

    Nice water feature though…

  2. denise on July 29, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Well, $4 is better than nothing — you can at least get one or 2 annuals out of that!

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